The David Douglas School District is one of Portland's most vibrant and diverse, one that must celebrate Portland's communities of color while advocating for equitable outcomes across all backgrounds, ethnicities, and genders. Our community is changing rapidly, and we need a school board that can adapt to the challenges that our neighbors, friends, and family struggle with every day. It is deeply troubling to me that, over the years, our schools disproportionately discipline our students of color, and we have a support system that neglects reproductive rights in a community where unplanned pregnancy rates are on the rise.
I am running for the David Douglas School Board because I imagine a future for our schools where students share equitably in the opportunity to shape and improve their lives for the better.
As a first-generation college graduate of an immigrant household and a mother of two young children, I feel uniquely called to advocate for students, teachers, and families of the David Douglas School District. If elected, I will be the only board member with a legacy in education and advocacy, and only the second board member of color ever to have served.
But more importantly, I feel that the challenges our district confronts cannot be solved with the same thinking our board has applied for years. We need change, the kind that advocates for an inclusive education that all of our children will benefit from, and responsive leadership that will adapt and grow to meet the needs of our community.
With my years of advocacy and experience in education, I have earned the endorsement of Governor Barbara Roberts, State Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer, State Representative Diego Hernandez, Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson, ColorPAC, the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, and others, but I need your support.
Donate today, and together we will bring a voice of inclusion and equality to the David Douglas School Board.
Let's take control of our future and give our children the opportunities to thrive that they deserve.
Ana del Rocío